November 20, 2011
Registration online
November 20, 2011
Abstract submission
January 31, 2012
Extension to Abstract Submission Deadline
March 8, 2012
Abstract acceptance notification
April 15, 2012
Early bird registration deadline
June 10, 2012
Registration online closes
June 17, 2012
Meeting starts
Invited Speakers

We are pleased to inform that the following invited speakers are confirmed to SPEA7:

Bunsho Ohtani
Hokkaido University - Catalysis Research Center
    Bunsho Ohtani has been working in the field of photocatalysis and relating topics for more than 25 years. He got a full professor position in Catalysis Research Center, Hokkaido University in 1998. His laboratory belongs to Graduate School of Environmental Science since 1999. He was awarded 2005 Scientific Achievement Award of The Electrochemical Society of Japan and The Japanese Photochemistry Association Award, 2006 for his works on photocatalysis. His research interests include mechanism of photocatalytic reaction, design and development of highly active photocatalysts and structural analyses of metal oxide particles.

David Ollis
North Carolina State University
United States
    David F. Ollis is an internationally known researcher in biotechnology and photocatalysis and one of the most influential educators in his field. He joined the College of Engineering faculty in 1984 and has been the catalyst for many innovative engineering courses during his tenure at NC State. He has received numerous awards, including the Director's Award in 2004 for Distinguished Teaching Scholars from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in recognition of his contributions to scholarship and education. The Director's Award is the highest honor bestowed by NSF for excellence in both teaching and research.

Esther Oliveros
Université Paul Sabatier
(Toulouse III)

    Esther Oliveros is currently research director at the CNRS at the Laboratoire des IMRCP. Her main research interests include photooxidation reactions, in particular singlet oxygen sensitization by molecules of biological interest and mechanistic studies of advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) applied to the treatment of water and air. She is co-author of two books on Photochemical Technology (French and English version) and published over 150 papers. She initiated and participated/s in a number of international projects in teaching and research, especially with colleagues in Argentina and Brasil.

Hisao Hidaka
Frontier Research Center for the Global Environmental Science
    Hisao Hidaka has studied the photocatalytic degradation for aquatic contaminants for more than 27 years since 1983. He is a full professor of physical chemistry, colloid interface science and photochemistry. He is also research director at the Frontier Research Center for the Global Environment Science. He was an invited professor of Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL). He has published over 225 papers on the complete remediation of non-degradable and recalcitrant substances in wastewater. He was received the 2004 Jpn, Oil Chem. Soc. Award on the photooxidation mechanism of surfactants, the Editor Award of Am. & Jpn. World Congress 2000 and the 2008 Material Life Award on the degradation of bisphenol A under solar exposure.

    His recent research interest is the rapid mineralization of persistent organic compounds by AOPs of photocatalytic ozonation with a large-scaled (mini-pilot plant) solar reactor.

Marta Litter
Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica
    Marta Litter Head of the Remediation Technologies Division of the National Commission of Atomic Energy in Argentina. She is Principal Researcher at the National Reasearch Council (CONICET) and Full Professor at the General San Martí National University. She has been the coordinator of several projects on water treatment by advanced oxidation processes and has published more than 150 scientific works. She has been awarded with the Mercosur Prize in Science and Technology in 2006 and in 2011.

Michaël Grätzel
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
    Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne Professor Michael Grätzel directs there the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces. He pioneered studies of mesoscopic materials and their use in energy conversion systems, in particular photovoltaic cells, lithium ion batteries and photo-electrochemical devices for the splitting of water into hydrogen and oxygen by sunlight. He discovered a new type of solar cell based on dye sensitized nanocrystalline oxide films. His most recent awards include the Albert Einstein World Award of Science, the Gutenberg Research Award, the Paul Karrer Gold Medal and the 2010 Millenium Technology Grand Prize. He received a doctoral degree in Natural Science from the Technical University Berlin and was awarded nine honorary doctor’s degrees from European and Asian Universities. With over 89’000 citations (h-index 139) he is one of the 10 most highly cited chemists in the world.

Sabry Abdel-Mottaleb
NanoPhotochemistry and Solar Chemistry Lab
Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science,
Ain Shams University

    Professor Abdel-Mottaleb received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Ain Shams University, Cairo, and his Dr.rer.nat. degree from Friedrich Schiller University, Jena. Since 1973, Sabry Abdel-Mottaleb has supervised 66 research students that led to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees being awarded in spectroscopy, material (nano) sciences, water treatment, applied photochem, and environmental photochem including photocatalysis, drug stabilities, and chemical solar cells and solar chemistry. In 1993, he has received a grant of two million Egyptian pounds (650k$ US) to establish the Photoenergy Center. Since 1995 he engaged as Egyptian partner PI in four Joint scientific projects related to solar chemistry financed by the European Community and US-Egypt fund and STDF Egypt. Amongst other activities, Sabry is a Member of the Egyptian National Committee of New and Advanced Materials and a Member of the Egyptian Standing Scientific committee of Promotion to Professorships [Water Resources], Desert Research Institute. Sabry’s research has been recognized through the award of the Egyptian State Prize of Encouragement for Chemistry, 1984, and the State Decoration of Science and Arts (first rate), 1985.

Sixto Malato
Plataforma Solar de Almeria
    Sixto Malato has been working at the Plataforma Solar de Almeria (PSA-CIEMAT) since 1990. He is in charge of the research group and activities related to the development of solar wastewater treatment technologies, and has been involved in the design and construction of all the experimental pilot plants for solar photocatalytic treatment of water and waste water in Europe. He is co-director of CIESOL (Solar Energy Research Center), a joint center of University of Almería-Centre for Energetic, Environmental and Technological Research of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (CIEMAT). He has been awarded with the "Jury's Grand Prix" in the European Grand Prix for Innovations Awards 2004 and with the Jaime I Price in Environmental Protection, 2011.

Sylvie Lacombe
Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour
    Dr. Sylvie Lacombe is a CNRS research director in the Institute for Analytical Sciences and Physico-Chemistry for Environment and Materials (IPREM). She has been working for 20 years in the photochemistry and photocatalysis field and was interested with sol-gel chemistry for the synthesis of photosensitizers containing hybrid materials or modified TiO2 and with their application for the oxygenation/mineralization of organic compounds. Current research topics are devoted to reaction mechanisms in heterogeneous photocatalytic/photosensitized reactions. She is also interested with standards in photocatalysis. She is in charge of the Photochemistry group in Pau and she is vice-president of the European Photocatalysis Federation

Victor Nadtochenko
Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics
    Victor Nadtochenko received his doctoral degree in Moscow (in Physics and Mathematics, 1979), working in Institute of Chemical Physics of Academy of Sciences USSR. Since 2000, he has been a Prof. Dr. in the Institute of Problem of Chemical Physics Russian Academy of Sciences Chernogolovka, where he investigates photocatalytic and biological systems by spectroscopic, laser photolysis and complementary methods. His current focus lies on applications of plasmonica and nanophotonics in biological and biomimetic systems.


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